The holiday season is a time to gather with friends and family, share gifts and give to those in need. Even though we may not think about it, gratitude is often woven into the season. Here are five ways to include gratitude every day, including the holidays.
grat·i·tude (noun) /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Gratitude quite simply can be described as being thankful, showing appreciation and returning kindness.1. Coffee & Gratitude. One of the best ways to include gratitude in your day is to spend a few minutes first thing in the morning to think of things you are grateful for as you sip on a cup of coffee or tea. It helps to start your day with positivity, and doing it first thing in the morning ensures that you won’t forget!.
2. Keep a gratitude journal. It can be helpful to simply write down what you are thankful for. Maybe it’s how you start or end your day, as a way of showing thanks. It’s a simple task, an easy routine, and one that many of us simply don’t take the time to do, but one that can positively impact your mood, outlook on life, personal health and even your mental well-being.
3. Meditate. Did you know that you can use meditation as a way to show gratitude? You can focus part or all of your time in meditation on things that you are grateful for, or even how you got to where you are today by reflecting on the past and the present and how far you’ve come. Doing so can set the mood for a positive day ahead.
4. Be present. I know this one can be easier said than done in the world we live in. Most of us are connected to our phones. Even in times where it would be helpful to be fully present, it’s not uncommon to see folks with a phone out recording the moment instead of enjoying, experiencing and living in the moment.
5. Volunteer. Helping others is an incredible way to show gratitude by showing kindness and compassion for others. In a world where it often feels like people only think of themselves, volunteering for others is a way to rebuild your faith in humanity.
I’m so grateful that you allow space for me (and for making it to the end of this post). I appreciate your time and support, and hope you have a wonderful holiday season.